Jacob Clewell, Outreach Coordinator

Jacob Clewell, Outreach Coordinator

American violinist/violist Jacob Clewell stands in the vanguard of musicians of his generation. Gold Medalist of the 2017 Vancouver International Music Competition, he leads a multifaceted career as a soloist, recitalist, chamber player, and educator.

Standout moments from recent performance activities include solo and chamber performances at the Scotia Festival, Green Lake Chamber Music Festival, Le Domaine Forget, Lake District Summer Music, Northern Lights Festival de Febrero in Ajijic, Mexico, and Festival Pablo Casals in Prades, France. Jacob has appeared alongside members of the Escher, Emerson, Endellion, Cypress, and Penderecki quartets, Gryphon Trio, Berlin Philharmonic, Seattle and Toronto Symphonies, and with pianists Pedja Muzijevic and Andrew Armstrong. Alongside his duo partner, pianist Sasha Bult-Ito (The Ezra Duo), he has appeared as a guest artist with numerous orchestras and chamber series, toured in the US and Canada, and performed in Toronto’s Koerner Hall, Weill Recital Hall in New York, and as a guest at a G7 Summit event held at the Royal Ontario Museum.

As an outspoken advocate for outreach in classical music, Jacob has presented outreach events everywhere from schools and retirement communities to a federal prison. He is the outreach coordinator for the Scarborough Philharmonic and Emerald Coast Chamber Music Festival, and has led performances and educational events at Toronto’s Baycrest Hospital, the Center for Addiction and Mental Health, and Toronto Public Library.

Jacob holds degrees from the Cornish College of the Arts, Stony Brook University, and The Glenn Gould School, and earned his Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Toronto, where he was a teaching assistant in violin, viola, and chamber music. He is Co-Artistic Director and Artist-Faculty of Viola at the annual Emerald Coast Chamber Music Festival in Florida, and directs the Mosbacher Salon Collective in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He is currently a violist with the JUNO-winning chamber orchestra Sinfonia Toronto, and serves as principal second violin with the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra, where he is also a member of the NextGen Performance Program.

Special Thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for support of a two year Outreach program, funded through the Resilient Communities Program

From our Partners: Toronto International Dance Festival

Our friends at Dancing Damsels wanted the SPO community to know about the upcoming 10th Annual International Dance festival happening November 19 & Nov 26, 2023


The Toronto International Dance Festival Celebrates 10th Anniversary, Unites Cultures through Dance
and Art

Toronto, ON – The Toronto International Dance Festival (TIDF) is thrilled to announce its 10th-anniversary
celebration, set to take place at the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto, located at 5183 Sheppard Ave
E., Scarborough, ON. This annual event, organized by the non-profit organization Dancing Damsels Inc., is
dedicated to promoting cultural diversity through the art of dance. The festival is scheduled to unfold over two
exciting days on November 19 and November 26, 2023, from 7pm to 9pm.

TIDF has become a cherished tradition in Toronto, bringing together artists and audiences from various
backgrounds to celebrate their rich heritage through the universal language of dance. Over the past decade,
TIDF has played a pivotal role in fostering cross-cultural understanding and appreciation for the art of dance.
On November 19, the festival will showcase a vibrant array of cultural dances, hip-hop performances, and
social dances. Audiences can look forward to an exhilarating evening featuring outstanding talent, including
Nirkoda Israeli Dancers of Toronto, Rangara Performing Arts, Elite Chinese Arts Troupe (ECAT), Mimi Batho,
BollySass, Sakura Performers, Sentir Venezuela, Mexican Folklore Group TONATIUH, MM Entertainment,
Portuguese Cultural Centre of Mississauga Inc., Dantitude Elites, Kaleidoscope Chinese Performing Arts
(KCPA), BollySalsa, Ensemble Topaz, Gaana at Mac, and SG Expressions.

The program on November 26 will spotlight classical, contemporary, ballet, and modern dance styles. The
stage will be graced by remarkable performers, including Saugandhikam Dance Academy, Karika – Verses of
Dance, Dance Fachin, Mississauga Chinese Arts Organization (MCA0), UV Movement, Shivani Shivakumar,
Sapna Sehravat and Ayushi Sharma, Prajakta David, Kaleidoscope Chinese Performing Arts (KCPA), Hoor
Dance Team, Roosara Dance, Canada’s Ballet Jörgen, Arte Flamenco, The Candy Shop Dance, Tdot Tdat Thai
Dramatic Dance Troupe and ICONS.

What sets the Toronto International Dance Festival apart is its commitment to making the arts accessible to all.
The festival offers free admission to the community, with an RSVP required to ensure venue capacity is not
exceeded. Audience members can secure their spot by following the Eventbrite link, which will be shared on
the festival’s social media channels closer to the event. Furthermore, there will also be free dance workshops
hosted by TIDF across Toronto and GTA leading up to the festival. Details for the workshops will be
announced on our social media channels as well.
To stay updated with all the latest news and announcements regarding TIDF and related workshops, please
follow @tidfcanada on Instagram and Facebook.

For inquiries and further information, please reach out to:
Parul Verma
Festival Manager
Email: contacttidfcanada@gmail.com